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A system of notation in which each of the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet is assigned a numerical value. Now chiefly historical.
Linguistics. Any of various writing systems having symbols for consonants only; a consonantal alphabet.
Late 18th century. From Arabic abjad Arabic alphabet, system of notation in which each of the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet is assigned a numerical value, acronym from the initial letters of alif, bā', jīm, dāl, the names of the first four letters of the Arabic alphabet in its historical order.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.